Engineering News-Record just named Utah-based GSBS Architects as one of the Top 100 Green Design Firms for the first time. The company, which is located in Salt Lake City, reportedly earned 48% of its revenue last year in green design, which was certified by groups that include the U.S. Green Building Council.
Upon hearing the news, David Brems, GSBS principal for the 90-man company said: “This recognition validates our commitment to sustainability in architecture.” He added that there has been an evolution in the field of sustainable architecture practices over the past 10 years, and that the emphasis on sustainable design has moved from being “environmentally friendly” to real, measurable efficiency.
GSBS Architects’ policy has always been to “design with people in mind”. The company embraces the emerging principles of architecture that allow for the creation of positive structures that are more pleasant to be in, less costly to maintain, contribute to a healthier environment, and are more valuable. The company designed the Utah Olympic Speed Skating Oval, which was one of the first 13 buildings worldwide designated as LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the United States Green Building Council.
GSBS is currently the architect of record for the new Public Safety Building, which will open next year as a “net zero” building. This means it will produce enough energy annually to meet 100% of its needs. Other buildings created by the firm in Utah include the new Utah Natural History Museum, Hillside Middle School and the Jordan Valley Water Conservation District Education Center.
ENR also reported that domestically, green design revenue rose 19.4% to $3.91 billion. Around the west of the world, revenue was up 33.1% from $442.9 million in 2010.